On Tuesday, Raiders QB Derek Carr reiterated that he views training camp as a deadline to negotiate a long-term extension with the team.
“There’s nothing new to report right now. I’m hoping that those things will pick up here real soon, which we’re expecting anyway,” Carr told reporters Tuesday, via NFL.com. “They’ve been talking to Tim, my agent, and things like that. But that should get going real soon, I would hope, because once training camp hits, I’m all football. I’m not going to distract my teammates and you guys are going to want to know and things like that.
“Trust me, if it’s not done by training camp, we won’t be talking about it.”
Carr did, however, say that he isn’t worried about the contract talks and is “very confident” it will get done.
“I’m very confident. Again I’m not worried,” Carr said. “I know how they feel, they know how I feel. It’s just a matter of them sitting down and getting after it. I’m not worried at all. At the same time, things happen. If it got to that, I’m just focused on football.”
A few weeks ago, Carr said he has “complete faith” his agent and the team will be able to work out a long-term deal before training camp, so this shouldn’t come as a big surprise.
“I have an agent who is in charge of that and I am confident that he and Mr. McKenzie will work it out,” Carr said, via Anthony Galaviz of the Fresno Bee. “I am only focused on becoming a better football player and helping my teammates become better players. I have complete faith it will get done before training camp. These things take time. The Raiders know I want to be here; this is my family, and I know they want me to be their quarterback.”
Carr is positioned well to come close to Andrew Luck‘s record six-year, $139.125 million contract with $87 million guaranteed.
Carr, 26, is a former second-round pick of the Raiders back in 2014. He will be entering the final year of his four-year, $5,371,802 contract and stands to make a base salary of $977,519 for the 2017 season.
It’s worth mentioning that Carr suffered a season-ending fibula fracture and previously underwent surgery.
In 2016, Carr had thrown for 3,933yards while completing 63.7 percent of his passes to go along with 28 touchdowns and six interceptions.
We’ll have more regarding a long-term extension for Carr as the news is available.